High Efficiency Electrochemical Treatment of Groundwater Contaminated with Heavy Metals

EPA Contract Number: 68D50082
Title: High Efficiency Electrochemical Treatment of Groundwater Contaminated with Heavy Metals
Investigators: Zhou, Chengdong
Small Business: Faraday Technology, Inc.
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Phase: I
Project Period: September 1, 1995 through March 1, 1996
Project Amount: $64,752
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (1996) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: SBIR - Waste , Hazardous Waste/Remediation , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)


This SBIR Phase I project will demonstrate the feasibility of an innovative electrochemical process for high efficiency simultaneous recovery of mixed heavy metals from contaminated groundwater. Electrochemical recovery of metals from wastewater is a promising approach for metal recycle. However, the conventional electro-chemical method is not efficient to treat dilute wastewater. Additionally, when the wastewater contains two or more heavy metals, the metal with the more negative reduction potential is difficult to recover. For example, when wastewater containing the mixture of copper and lead is treated, lead can be removed efficiently only after the copper concentration is much lower than the lead concentration. Faraday Technology's innovative approach will demonstrate an efficient, simultaneous electrochemical/ion-exchange process.

Supplemental Keywords:

small business, SBIR , engineering, chemistry., Scientific Discipline, Waste, Water, Wastewater, Environmental Chemistry, Chemistry and Materials Science, Groundwater remediation, Engineering, Chemistry, & Physics, Environmental Engineering, electrochemical technology, aqueous impurities, Superfund sites, chemical contaminants, metal recovery, groundwater contamination, electrochemcial treatment, heavy metals, electrochemical treatment

Progress and Final Reports:

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